Why We Should Be Thankful For Video Games
Here’s some food for thought: video games provide more than just an entertaining experience. In fact, it can be insinuated that much more is obtained when one engages in casual or hardcore gameplay. Think about the last time you jumped onboard a video game and chatted with your best friends; think about your experiences after you finished raiding in World of Warcraft. Did you feel better when it was over?
Here are a few things we should honestly consider as aspects in gaming to be thankful for.
Social Skills In Video Games
Video games provide us a social outlet. Why else would Discord and microphones exist? They give video games an element of tactic, yes, but they also provide social experiences! We neglect to think about it in this light: that perhaps our own social pallet is enhanced through gaming. The context in which you discuss the game – both during and after – is a social outlet in and of itself. It provides us with the ability to communicate in real life, as well.
Teamwork In Video Games
Video games also give us a way to work on our teamwork skills. Many games these days require great tactic. In fact, they need more than just an ability to communicate; they require coordination, fast movement, and necessity of a “fight or flight” capacity. This promotes the essential teamwork element of the experience, and it transfers over into real life. I have met many who learned more teamwork skills from Overwatch than they did in workplace training at a local AT&T. This is something to be thankful for!
Navigation In Video Games
Huh? Spatial navigation is the ability to remember a location or be in tune with your surroundings. In video games, we are known to coordinate our ways through vacant alleyways; we traverse across unknown lands; we utilize the best of our abilities to find the right location to set up at as a sniper, or on the ground floor of a building as assault. This improves our ability to properly move around the real world, as well.
A recent review in Healthy Stimulation revealed that those who engage in video games (especially first-person shooters) tend to have higher spatial navigation skills than others. This is something to thank video games for. Many of us (including my generation) rely heavily on GPS devices to get us from one place to another. This skill is negated when we play video games and often have no idea where to go in a new map.
We have to learn from that experience and realize that it transfers over into real life, as well.
Aggression In Video Games
Despite the rumors, video games actually decrease aggression. This was found in a study done in 2018 that showed those who played first-person shooters actually had less aggressive tendencies than those who did not. In fact, it can be insinuated that video games can actually decrease our sense of negativity, improve morale, and enhance our ability to behave in accordance with society. We tend to take our aggression to Battlefield or Warcraft, and in this sense, we lose the disease of negativity.
In conclusion, video games are not the scapegoat of society. Rather, they benefit more than they harm. These are just a few small examples of why video games are beneficial. Comment and let us know what you think!